Black Rod


: the principal usher of the House of Lords

Examples of Black Rod in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The customs include a lawmaker being taken hostage, someone named Black Rod having a door slammed in her face three times, and a bejeweled crown arriving at the Palace of Westminster separate from the monarch, with its own escort. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 One official is called Black Rod, a sergeant-at-arms of sorts for the House of Lords. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, 11 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Black Rod was in 1590

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“Black Rod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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